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I was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 4, 1952. I spent a rather idyllic
childhood living in the country near Macon, Georgia where I started drawing at
about the age of seven, got my first oil painting set at about ten, and sometime
in-between, first saw an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s engineering exploits.
I was sold.

During high school, I attended a college preparatory boarding school with an
extensive art program and was able to pursue my interest in art, including painting.
From there, I went to Oklahoma City University where I received a Bachelor of Arts
degree with a major in art in 1974. While there, I also met my soon-to-be wife, Cindy,
and two years after graduating, we moved to Portland, Oregon. In 1979, I took a
side trip to the University of Idaho where I was granted a teaching assistantship and,
in 1981, received a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting and
printmaking. With the exception of four years, Cindy and I have lived in Portland ever
since and I have been an actively producing painter.

In 1985, I began teaching painting and drawing in the Continuing Education program
at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and, in 1987, basic design and drawing at
Mt. Hood Community College. I taught at the PNCA until 2011 and until 2018
at MHCC. Altogether, I taught at the PNCA for twenty years and at MHCC for twenty-seven.

I continue to paint.